The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 19, 2007
The film paints a strange portrait of a subculture that I found to be a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 7, 2007
Is there anything more tiresome than watching people play video games? Seth Gordon's documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters answers that question with a decisive yes: watching a movie about people playing video games.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 9, 2010
Even if you've never so much as eaten a single ghost in a game of Ms. Pac-Man, King of Kong is still a remarkable (and remarkably hilarious) film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 13, 2007
A gripping yarn, an edge-of-your-seat thriller, as well as a mocking insider's view and a genuine giggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
December 11, 2007
"When We Were Kings" for dorks.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2007
A documentary that is beyond strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
August 17, 2007
A great American comedy. A hilarious and richly human tale of two guys trying to hang on to their own twisted dreams of glory.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
Not unlike the sleeper hit Little Miss Sunshine, this breezy and engaging documentary has a great deal to say about the American fixation on winning and losing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 18, 2007
Mitchell is a ringer for Ben Stiller's pompous villain in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
December 18, 2007
You could say it's sort of like Murderball, only these guys' disabilities are of the social variety. At any rate, it's a great film
| Original Score: 5/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 10, 2008
Gordon invites us to snicker at his cast of hardcore gamers, for whom 'Donkey Kong' tournaments are as vital as Super Bowls and as divisive as the war on abortion. But once embedded in their strange world, he finds a compelling story to tell.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
March 20, 2007
I'm amazed at how a few filmmakers can take a story so slight and trivial, and turn it into a 90-minute documentary that's as fascinating as something that Ken Burns put together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
May 4, 2007
Up there with some of the greastest sports docs in that it truly allows the viewer to experience the thrill of competition and agony of defeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 27, 2007
One of the most fascinating films of the year, and it deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 23, 2007
The King of Kong is a twisty, wildly entertaining film, and this comes to you from a guy who cares so little about Kong that he had to Google it to make sure it's correct to refer to it as a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 7, 2007
Benefits immeasurably from a cast of colorful supporting players, as well as a taut narrative that builds to a surprisingly tense climax.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
July 30, 2008
every bit as exciting as any sports %uFB01lm, while also shedding light on how obsessions can combine with corrupt power structures to drive otherwise normal people to ridiculous ends.
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
September 26, 2007
The King of Kong is proof that you don't need Earth shattering events of cosmic import to create a compelling film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
September 21, 2007
One of the best pictures of the year...King of Kong is an uproarious, unsettlingly observant, and romantically biased documentary on the golden years of classic gaming.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2011
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